The need for speed?

Isn't the internet great? I'm sat here in sunny Birmingham watching the BBC's live coverage of the We Media Conference this morning. I couldn't be in London for the conference and I certainly couldn't afford the $795 registration fee so the chance to see and hear what's being said and discussed is excellent. The only problem is when they all break 'for coffee pastries' and to play with the new technologies on display I have to go and make my own (coffee that is).

Richard Dreyfuss was curtly put down by the compere for shamelessly plugging his forthcoming discussion on 'shaped news': "There is no room to pause, no room to think … such an instantaneous knowledge of a situation leads to an instantaneous reaction which creates demand for an instantaneuous, reflexive response."

In a world of 24-hour news and citizen journalists, is there a downside to being 'up to the minute'? Would we be better off with a slightly delayed, more considered response? Possibly. But surely that is where traditional media comes in, print media specifically. I'll be interested to see what's said later in the conference on the theme of 'trust' (with regard to online content) and how multimedia content will truly live up to its name.

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